Lockheed P-38 F/G Lightning

This is the 1/48 Scale NYA Lockheed P-38 F/G Lightning Plastic Model Airplane Kit from Tamiya.

Tamiya Lockheed P-38 F/G Lightning Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #61120
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  • Tamiya Product Number: 61120
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"Holy Grail of Flying Machines"
Oh Baby ! This is one unbelievably challenging build. Excellent in every way, Tamiya has once again designed and cast a wonderful model. I had read that this particular model was the best, the Holy Grail. I now believe it very well may be. My addiction to the P-38 goes back many decades. I have never built another companies rendition that left me feeling I did or it did itself any justice. This one does. I honestly will have to say if this is what it is like hand building Swiss watches, then I'm in. This model is cut and detailed so precisely that it felt like I was building my own watch. A lot of magnifying time spent. But worth it. No problem areas. Tamiya, I bow before you in model building.

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"Amazing Kit"
I have built 1/48 scale P-38 kits before so I thought I knew what I was getting when I ordered this but I was so wrong. I got the feeling that they forgot they were creating a model kit and thought they were actually making a real plane. The detail is astounding. As an example, the superchargers. On other kits I have built they are a single part. In this kit they are 8 separate parts to make one supercharger assembly. I haven't even finished my model yet and felt the need to come on here an sing its praises. No flash, little trimming and all the parts fit perfectly. Well worth the money. I only wish I had more room so I could build it with the landing gear down and do a diorama with this model. It would be amazing.

"Excellents in manufacturing"
Iit all fits with precision. This kit is fun and a joy to build. Engineering was outstanding.

"Lightning Strikes Again"
It was a lot of fun building this model. The parts fit together beautifully, which is pretty much the norm for a Tamiya kit. I did have some minor fitting issues with the windscreen and with the outside radiators on the left boom, but that is probably due more to my limitations as a modeler. Tamiya cleverly uses steel balls to add weight to the nose of the model thus ensuring that your P-38 is not pulling a perpetual wheelie. What this means is the kit is unsuitable for excessive detailing as far as adding engines and a weapons bay. I also recommend wrapping some masking tape around the steel balls before sealing them inside the model. This will prevent the balls from rattling around in their holders, which is slightly disconcerting. I built the “White 33” P-38 F version because of its sinister look, but you can also build “Miss Virginia,” a “G” version. The model also sports a very detailed cockpit with detailed radio sets on the shelf behind the pilot. I built my Lightning completely out of the box, I don’t think aftermarket add-ons are needed (unless you want to sling some bombs under the wings as the model only comes with drop tanks). In all, another great kit (though kind of pricey) from Tamiya.

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